Heritage, Volume 14, Number 2, Spring 1996 Page: 11
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Sue Winton Moss in association with Douglas/Gallagher
An important part of this project is the
restoration of the historic monuments. This
portion of the work is being done by the
Force Account of the Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department with the aid of the inmates
from a correctional facility in Gatesville.
Confederate Field contains more than 2,100
graves of Confederate soldiers and their
wives with identically designed headstones.
Researchers prepared survey cards and took
photographs of each headstone in the cemetery
before any work commenced. The
stones were then cleaned to remove the
years of dirt and biological growth. Newcast
stone bases have been made, and the
monuments are being reinstalled in their
original locations with the new bases. The
monuments located on the hill, now named
Republic Hill, will also be cleaned and
restored by a professional conservator. This
also includes all of the bronze monuments,
as well as the ornate Gothic chapel over the
Albert Sidney Johnston monument.
The Texas State Cemetery reflects the
different attitudes through the years that
shaped the ways in which we have memorialized
our Texas heroes. It would be impossible
today to recreate a cemetery of the
magnitude of the State Cemetery where so
many individuals are buried who shaped
and directed the development of Texas.
We are fortunate that the state has realized
the uniqueness of the place and has a vision
for the future of the "state burial grounds".
When the restoration and enhancement is
completed, the Texas State Cemetery will
be a showplace for all Texans-and Texas
tourists-to visit and contemplate the
state's rich history.
Gerron Hite is a registered architect with the
Texas Historical Commission. He is currently
working on the restoration of the Texas State
Cemetery and consults on other historic cemeteries
around the state.
HERITAGE * SPRING 1996 11
Work Underway at the
State Cemetery in Austin:
1. Archaeological investigation
conducted in areas that would be affected
by construction. Historical research
2. Architectectural firm hired to
oversee development of new elements
in the cemetery. Natural materials,
such as stone, will be used to construct
visitor center. The center will include
exhibits, interpretative signs, brochures,
and audio-guided tour. Ceremonial
entrance planned at Eleventh
3. Restoration of historic monuments
undertaken; this included cleaning
and restoration of headstones,
bases, and bronze monuments.
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